View Full Version : Looking for Japanese POW "Hell Ship" illustration

01-12-2009, 04:03 PM
My grandfather was a POW in the Far East during World War II. In January 1943, he was sent with about 1,000 other Dutch POWs from Batavia to Singapore aboard the Usu Maru.

I am working on a blog entry about this portion of his journey to the Burma Railway, and I'd like to illustrate the chapter with one or both of the following images:

(1) A photo or painting of the Usu Maru (or same class of ship; I don't know the class);

(2) A drawing of POWs in the hold of a hell ship (I've seen at least one sketch on the Internet, but haven't been able to find it).

Can anyone help? Thanks!

- Robin

Rising Sun*
01-12-2009, 05:20 PM
Not quite what you're looking for, but these might help a bit. http://www.west-point.org/family/japanese-pow/photos.htm

I've seen a sketch of prisoners in a hold somewhere, too, but I can't recall where except that I think it was in a book on POWs, most probably Australian POWs.